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Fun in the Sun offering others use of big tent

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With the start of summer just around the corner, the Fun in the Sun committee is getting ready for another exciting and fun-filled Canada Day.

“This year, as in every year that we've done it, we've tried to add something new,” said Fun in the Sun committee chair Cynthia Donald.

“Last year, we had a selfie scavenger hunt—the kids really liked that. This year, we're going to add a colour run along the riverfront.”

Colour runs have gained popularity around the world in recent years, with millions of participants taking part and being pelted with handfuls of coloured powder as they complete a set course.

As part of the fun, the colour run participants are (temporarily) stained by the coloured powder, Donald encouraged those interested to register for the run soon to make the most of the event.

“The important thing about the colour run is if they register by June 10, then they will get a shirt size that's fitting—otherwise, it's just whatever's left. But they can still register after June 10,” Donald explained.

There's also another new feature for this year's Fun in the Sun celebrations, one that will be familiar to anyone who frequents the Fort Frances riverfront during the summer.

“This year, we're getting the bass tournament tent,” Donald said.

“If the weather is inclement then we can have everything in the tent, but I know it's going to be beautiful out.”

The Fun in the Sun committee has already put the order in for the tent, and will be paying for the rental, but the timing of Canada Day this year opens up an opportunity for collaboration.

“Because July 1 is on a Monday, we're hoping other groups would want to use it, maybe on the Saturday or the Sunday,” Donald explained.

“If you have an organization and you'd like to raise some money, we've already taken the expense of putting it up.”

The big tent isn't the only opportunity the Fun in the Sun committee has taken to collaborate with other organizations.

Rubber Ducky Race

Next Saturday (June 15) will see the resurrection of the Rubber Ducky Race, which will be a collaborative effort between the committee and the Fort Frances Lions Club. The race is set to begin at noon at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Tickets cost $10 each, with prizes ranging from $25 (last ducky) to $1,000 (first-place winner). Anyone interested in buying tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race can contact any Lions Club member or Fun in the Sun Committee member.

Like in year's past, there will be plenty of activities for everyone taking place at the Point Park for the Fun in the Sun celebrations on Canada Day.

“Between noon and 1 p.m. we start the entertainment, the races,” Donald said.

“We're going to have a Meltdown, which is a pendulum that turns, so it's a big disc and they try and knock you off, so that will be fun. There's also artisans and food vendors there as well.”

Also returning will be the selfie scavenger hunt and money pits, which Donald said were big successes last year. She's also hoping some Fort Frances VIP's will attend and take part in the festivities.

“We are hoping the new town councillors will come out to start a few races or check out the log rolling,” Donald shared.

“We'll also have the usual kids games, the waterfront, canoes, hopefully get a paddleboat this time, paddle board, and kayaks.”

The day will then be capped off with the traditional fireworks display.

It's a lot of work, Donald noted.

“We've got a lot going on with our five committee members,” she said.

“So we work on this basically all year,” added Donald.

Donald is hoping everyone turns out for the Fun in the Sun events this summer, and said she hopes people will go the extra mile and decorate their homes and businesses with Canadian flags.

Any organizations looking to take advantage of the big tent over the long weekend before the Fun in the Sun events can contact Donald at 275-9134.

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